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MAY 2017

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GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E 4 2 C O L U M B I A , S O U T H C A R O L I N A According to the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau's director of communications, Andrea Mensink, one of the great things about downtown Columbia is that it offers "a manageable urban experience." "It is very easy to get around on foot," she said. In the past five years, the city has undergone a lot of revitalization. Now the Main Street area features museums, shopping and restaurants all within walking distance of one another. Also downtown are many major hotels, and due to open this fall is the Hotel Trundle, a 41-room boutique hotel located in three restored historic buildings. Every room will have its own unique style and decor to match the original fixtures and setting. The South Carolina Statehouse stands at the center of the city. Nearby are the South Carolina State Museum, the EdVenture Children's Museum and the Columbia Museum of Art. For those who prefer to spend their time browsing the shops, Main Street is home to a diverse mix of gift shops, boutiques, bakeries and more. Mensink said that visitors can "easily spend the entire day exploring the downtown area and still not find every little nook, cranny and alleyway that there is to discover." Among those easy-to-miss places that she recommends seek- ing out are Ally and Eloise Bakeshop, where Mensink promises "the most decadent desserts," and the recently opened Lula Drake Wine Parlor, where guests can enjoy a number of limited-run wines. Courtesy Experience Columbia SWEET CREAM AND CO., ONE OF MANY LOCAL BUSINESSES IN DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA

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